These Are The 10 States With The Highest Licensed Practical Nurse Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 10 months ago
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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do licensed practical nurses get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for licensed practical nurses by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for licensed practical nurses by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for licensed practical nurses after this adjustment? That would be Licensed Practical And Licensed Vocational Nurses.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. Arizona
  2. Michigan
  3. Nevada
  4. Texas
  5. Illinois
  6. Wyoming
  7. Delaware
  8. New Mexico
  9. Washington
  10. Colorado

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:

How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for licensed practical nurses from the 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $52670, so our index value would be:

$52,670 * (100 / 135.9) = $38,756

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for licensed practical nurses.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

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Detailed List Of Licensed Practical Nurse Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Arizona $52,724 $51,670 98.0
2 Michigan $52,426 $46,660 89.0
3 Nevada $51,790 $53,500 103.3
4 Texas $50,837 $46,110 90.7
5 Illinois $50,813 $48,070 94.6
6 Wyoming $49,662 $45,590 91.8
7 Delaware $49,635 $50,330 101.4
8 New Mexico $49,502 $47,770 96.5
9 Washington $48,231 $50,740 105.2
10 Colorado $46,907 $48,690 103.8
11 Indiana $46,413 $41,540 89.5
12 Utah $45,935 $42,720 93.0
13 Rhode Island $45,907 $55,410 120.7
14 Kansas $45,472 $40,880 89.9
15 North Carolina $45,271 $42,510 93.9
16 Wisconsin $45,268 $43,820 96.8
17 Pennsylvania $45,177 $45,810 101.4
18 Iowa $44,736 $40,710 91.0
19 Nebraska $44,355 $40,630 91.6
20 Idaho $44,169 $40,680 92.1
21 New Jersey $44,085 $53,740 121.9
22 Ohio $44,051 $41,320 93.8
23 Oklahoma $44,047 $39,290 89.2
24 Georgia $44,037 $40,250 91.4
25 Missouri $43,805 $39,600 90.4
26 Florida $43,702 $42,960 98.3
27 Connecticut $43,633 $55,720 127.7
28 Kentucky $43,602 $39,460 90.5
29 North Dakota $43,460 $43,200 99.4
30 Oregon $43,391 $50,160 115.6
31 Minnesota $43,273 $43,620 100.8
32 Mississippi $42,887 $36,840 85.9
33 Tennessee $42,416 $37,920 89.4
34 Arkansas $42,250 $36,800 87.1
35 New Hampshire $41,914 $49,040 117.0
36 Maryland $41,418 $51,980 125.5
37 Massachusetts $41,371 $55,190 133.4
38 Virginia $41,121 $41,450 100.8
39 Alaska $41,006 $53,760 131.1
40 Montana $40,595 $40,920 100.8
41 South Carolina $40,413 $40,090 99.2
42 Louisiana $40,158 $38,070 94.8
43 Alabama $39,802 $36,300 91.2
44 Maine $39,422 $43,680 110.8
45 California $38,756 $52,670 135.9
46 Vermont $38,637 $46,790 121.1
47 West Virginia $38,597 $36,050 93.4
48 New York $36,007 $47,170 131.0
49 South Dakota $35,776 $37,100 103.7
50 Hawaii $29,172 $48,980 167.9